Rainbow Mentors

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Recruiting the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders

***Now Accepting Applications until April 9***

We are excited to announce the commencement of the 2021 Rainbow Mentors Program!

This is a great opportunity to expand your network and advance your professional skills by connecting with other LGBTQ+ professionals. Help us recruit the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders by being a mentor or mentee today!

About The Program
The Rainbow Mentors Program pairs LGBTQ+ mentors and mentees for eight months of professional development and networking. 

Mentors and mentees will be asked to meet at least once every month. The program will begin with a “Match Day,” where mentors and mentees will be paired together. Paired folks will draft a personalized mentorship agreement, in which they will lay out the terms of their partnership. These agreements will lay the foundation to successfully develop a strong mentor/mentee relationship.

The Rainbow Mentors Program is open to any individual who has an expressed interest in public policy within the California State Capitol and is, or desires to be, engaged in the statewide public-policymaking process.

Interested in being a mentor or mentee?
Interest individuals must submit an application by completing the google form using the link provided below. The deadline for submitting an application is April 9.

To apply to become a mentor or mentee, please click here!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is there a deadline to apply?
A: Yes, the deadline to apply is Friday, April 9th!

Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Mentors and mentees will be asked to meet at least once every month. The program will begin with a “Match Day,” where we will announce which mentor will be paired with which mentee. Paired folks will draft a personalized mentorship agreement, in which they will lay out the terms of their partnership. These agreements will lay the foundation to successfully develop a strong mentor/mentee relationship.

Q: Do I have to work in the Capitol Building or Third House to apply?
A: No. Anyone that has an interest in California public policy and the professional development of LGBTQ+ identified folks can be a member* of the Capitol LGBTQ Association.

Q: Do I have to be a member of the Capitol LGBTQ Association to apply?
A: No. While being a member is preferred, non-members are not excluded from applying.
If you wish to support the Capitol LGBTQ Association without becoming a member, you can make a donation on our Support page

* To become a member, please visit  https://capitollgbtq.org/membership/.

Q: I’m not sure if I’m ready to be a mentor, but feel like I have too much experience to be a mentee. Should I still apply?
A: Yes! There is a section where you can select that you’d like to apply as both a mentor and mentee.

Q: How will mentors be paired with mentees?
A: A panel of three board members will review the applications and match based on how mentors and mentees best support one another’s professional goals.

For all other inquiries and additional information, please email capitollgbtq@gmail.com.